BUREAU of Customs agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday foiled an alleged attempt by a Chinese tourist to smuggle into the Philippines 30 pieces of Apple iPhone 7 Plus cellular phones with an estimated market value of P1.35 million.
BoC District III Collector Ed Macabeo said Su Miaoquiao, who flew in from Xiamen, failed to declare the numerous communication devices he is bringing into the country even after some irregularities were observed by BoC officers while inspecting his luggage through an x-ray machine.
Macabeo decided to ope the bag and discovered the phones which were packed in plastic in an apparent attempt to conceal them from prying eyes.
“The importation of smartphone is considered legal if the importer declared it as taxable items and can present the proper national Telecommunications Commission (NTC) import permit to the Customs authorities,” said Maj. Jaybee Raul Cometa of the X-ray Inspection Project.
The cellphones were seized and Miaoquiao was allowed to proceed into the country. However, he will face prosecution for failing to make the proper declaration as he violated the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the NTC regulation concerning importation permits, Cometa added.
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